Ever been grounded? What can we learn of it?

It was diligently planned as a typical week in a busy period of the year when many clients define their priorities for the coming year, sharpen their purpose, address team dynamics, or celebrate recent achievements: Executive workshop on Monday and Tuesday in the Bernese Alps A day and a half in the office for planning […]

Did you give your company an inspiring purpose?

During a recent workshop with an executive team we spent significant time on spelling out a compelling and relevant purpose. The facilities of the hotel were well suited for our quest, with spacious meeting rooms, a colorful park and beautiful nature surroundings. At some point I ran into the hotel’s vision statement, hanging in a […]

What can we learn from Burning Man?

A year ago a Mountain Wisdom friend invited me to Burning Man. I was unclear what to expect and even a bit apprehensive with the expectations to spend a week in the desert, the dust and heat, so many people… I asked Carolina to join and we made it the celebration of our 20th wedding […]

Which wall could you tear down?

Commencement speeches are a beautiful source for wisdom, and I am sure many of you drew some insights and guidance from Steve Jobs’ speech at Stanford or Steven Spielberg’s at Harvard or others that you might have watched. Last Friday I experienced some very touching moments watching Angela Merkel speak at this year’s Harvard commencement […]

Have you started to climb your second mountain?

The below article in NYT caught our attention. The author speaks to my heart when he introduces the concept of the two mountains in our lives. The first mountain is around achievement, individualistic performance, about ego and wanting to win and conquer. The second mountain is about purpose, service, about bringing your gift to the […]